Thursday 5 October 2017

Finishalong Quarter 4 - a Long List as Ever

- to find out more about the Finishalong, see my Finishalong PAGE -

My Finishalong Quarter 3 List was the longest list I ever put out there, and I finished two projects from that list: The Goody Goody Binding Kit for a swap (no. 15 on the Q3 list) and Lily Lapin's wrap/shawl (no. 13).
As well as finishing two projects, I wrote a tutorial on "spinning" seams as part of the Finishalong tutorial week. Well worth checking out those tutorial posts if you have the time. They are all very different, and direct links can be found on my Finishalong Q3 Finishes Linkup post, about halfway down the post.

I have one new item for my list as well, so I still have a long list this quarter. I do like seeing my projects on this list though. Seeing the images reminds me of the lovely projects that I have started, and gives me motivation to do some work on them anyway. Of course, the ones I really don't like any more have never made it on the list in the first place!

If you are inspired to join in with the Finishalong, check my Finishalong Page or check us out on Facebook or Instagram. We are really a friendly bunch, and aim to encourage each other to finish those unfinished projects - without telling you off for not finishing them (there would be a lot of telling off going on here otherwise, I can tell you)!

So here is my edited list for Quarter 4:

1. Flower Fans

This project was started a while ago with the local quilt group. I am designing it as I go along, and I am finally using my collection of batiks. I have been working on this since the last quarter, only a small bit done though. I have decided that this is going to be finished as a table runner rather than a quilt. Maybe a bit more doable?

2. Feathered Star top

Well yes, this still needs quilting!

3. Hearty

The quilt top from (More) Hearty Good Wishes fabrics and sashiko-stitched linen is finished. It needs to be quilted and bound (not changed from last time).

4. Cubes quilt

Not worked on this at all recently, time to finish it though, it's so close (not changed from last time).

5. Curved improv

The top is (probably) finished, time to turn it into a quilt (not changed from last time).

6. Sunflowers

The blocks are together for years, I intended to quilt it for free motion quilting practice. The idea is that the riot of colours and shapes will not show up my lack of experience too much... (also not changed from last time).

7. Stack and cut log cabin

Another top ready for quilting.

8.Jungle quilt.

Started as a sample for a quilt-as-you-go workshop many years ago (when my boys might have liked it) it really should be finished and given (sold?) to someone else to be enjoyed.

9. Black and white/folk fabrics quilt

This collection of fabrics are mainly Dutch national costume style fabrics ( I think I have a few more stashed away somewhere). I cannot decide whether I will move it to a black and white quilt (leaving out the red and adding different B/W or even grey fabrics), or whether I will keep to the folk style and include the red. Decisions to be made before I can start sewing.

10. Log cabin

I have been looking for a project to take on my holidays, and decided to start hand sewing log cabin blocks. I raided my stash and decided on these fabrics. The bottom image is of a mock up from laying the fabrics log cabin style. When I looked at the fabrics I pulled I was surprised to find that I am more attracted to very saturated colours than I thought. I started as I intended, but have since sewn a few blocks by machine, too. Only to be expected I suppose... Still a lot to do though!

11. Top

For ages I have a few dress making fabrics in the cupboard, and it is high time I did something with them. I intend to dust off my old dress making skills, and start with a simple top (I meant to make it in the last few weeks, but time has run away with that intention). There is enough fabric there for a dress, but I cannot see myself head to toe in this colour, so a top it is. Hopefully my confidence will increase so that I can make a dress next. I may need one some day...

12. ABC doll's quilt set

Another very old project. The quilt is a panel, and has been hand quilted. But the pillow/cushion is not done. This could make a child's doll or teddy bear very happy, if only it was finished.

13. Flannels for a traditional quilt

I won this box of flannels at a guild challenge 18 21 months ago, and have a pattern in mind, too. I'd like to make a simple Irish chain-style quilt with uneven nine patches. Just the small matter of deciding on colour placement, size of blocks, and sewing it!

14.  Flying geese sampler

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I have a Flying Geese quilt hidden away (deeply hidden away, therefore no picture at the moment). It is purples and blues and creams, and has all variations of flying geese blocks in it. I started hand quilting it ages ago, so it needs finishing off the quilting, and binding.

15. Shawl/wrap for myself

No, not inspired by the wrap I made for Lily Lapin, but by the wrap I saw at Ireland's online fibre and crafts magazine Olann and called "Mind the Gap". I am not going to add any gaps though, with the wool I am using there is enough going on, but I am going for the shape. This image was posted on my Instagram, when I had it with me on the train to Dublin recently. It has been progressing steadily since...

I am sure if I had more time, I could find more projects for the list, but I think I will be busy enough with this lot for a long time to come!

Linking up with the 2017 Quarter 4 Finishalong at my own linkup - yes, I am a host now, too!!

Better get stitching now, of course!


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